Our Board of Directors
John Gillespie - President, Director; 1988 to present
President, Instructor, Counselor- Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc. LCU Masters in Theology, Certified Recovery Support Specialist, Ordained Minister, Hardee County Ministerial Association, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, Highlands County Coalition for Homeless, Grace Fellowship & Riverview Heights Baptist Church
Dr. Nicholas Timmerman - OD; Vice President, Chairman of the Board; 1988 to present
Doctor of Optometry, Sevigny Eye Care, Former Hardee County Commissioner for 12 years,
Hardee County Housing Authority, Hardee County Homeless Coalition, Lion's Club member, Central
Florida Optometric Society, and American Optometric Society member.
Lorraine Gillespie - Executive Director Emeritus, 1988 to present
Alpha & Omega Freedom Ministries, Inc.; LCU Bachelors in Theology, Certified Recover Support Specialist, Hardee County Ministerial Association, Hardee County Coalition for the Homeless, Highlands County Coalition for the Homeless, Wauchula Women's Club and Grace Fellowship
Karen Tibbs - Executive Director-2019 to present, Trustee from 2010 to 2019
Prior owner of Forms Design a printing company in Sarasota Fl. Presently, Karen is an independant sales contractor of printing, Visa Debit Paycards, payroll services, and employee leasing.
Karen is very active in drama, youth, and teaching at Sarasota Christian Church.
Christine Price (Chris)- Assistant Director, Acting Secretary-2009 to present. BA in Management of Human Resources, Supervisory Management Certification from State Of Florida, Multi-Program Housing Certification, Counselign for Addictive Patters, Codependency, Addictions and Mental Illness, REcovery, Domestic Violence Training, 10 years Service Award Children & Families, Secretary of Florida Merit Award for Quality Asssurance, and Ordained Minister. Chris also has been a children's teacher and counselor as well as teen counselor for over 25 years. Attends Real Life Church in Bowling Green and has painted the sets for Story of Jesus for 24 years, made costumes and was a special makeup artist.
Esther Alvarado - Director-1996 to present
Esther is currently a case Manager at AOFM, Inc, Certified Duluth Model Counselor; BA in Theology, Ordained Minister, Spanish Interpreter, Anger Management Counselor, Parenting Class Teacher, Women's Club member, Department of Children & Families affiliate, and is a member at Faith Temple Church of God.
Anita Rogers-Marketing Director and Board Director-2021 to present (Had been with us 2 years prior as Shelter manager and Assistant to Executive Director)
Sylvia Collins, PHD, Board Director since 1988 to present
Darrel Jensen, CPA-Board Director joined in 2022
Jan knight, retired, Abstract and Title Specialist, Board Director joined in 2022
Note: If you have a desire to help us make a big impact on domestic violence victims and homeless women and children to serve on our board of directors, Please call 941-650-8719 Karen Tibbs, our Executive director. We need at least three more directors to serve once a month and special occasions only. Or call 863-773-5717 and ask for Chris Price.